Manitex International, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MNTX) strong earnings report was rewarded with a positive stock price move. Our analysis found some more factors that we think are good for shareholders.
Check out our latest analysis for Manitex International
How Do Unusual Items Influence Profit?
Importantly, our data indicates that Manitex International's profit was reduced by US$2.5m, due to unusual items, over the last year. While deductions due to unusual items are disappointing in the first instance, there is a silver lining. When we analysed the vast majority of listed companies worldwide, we found that significant unusual items are often not repeated. And that's hardly a surprise given these line items are considered unusual. If Manitex International doesn't see those unusual expenses repeat, then all else being equal we'd expect its profit to increase over the coming year.
That might leave you wondering what analysts are forecasting in terms of future profitability. Luckily, you can click here to see an interactive graph depicting future profitability, based on their estimates.
Our Take On Manitex International's Profit Performance
Because unusual items detracted from Manitex International's earnings over the last year, you could argue that we can expect an improved result in the current quarter. Because of this, we think Manitex International's earnings potential is at least as good as it seems, and maybe even better! And one can definitely find a positive in the fact that it made a profit this year, despite losing money last year. Of course, we've only just scratched the surface when it comes to analysing its earnings; one could also consider margins, forecast growth, and return on investment, among other factors. If you want to do dive deeper into Manitex International, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Manitex International (including 1 which is a bit concerning).
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